Guinness World Record for "The Largest Drawing by an Individual”
Alex Dzaghigian teenager from Cyprus and our student in Year 6 has broken the Guinness World Record for “The Largest Drawing by an Individual” and is now “Officially Amazing”, after managing to break the last record by a Mexican National who drew a drawing of 289 metres squared.
There were three unified purposes to the attempt: Firstly to raise awareness about sea pollution. Alex chose this theme since it is a growing issue nowadays and even though people are aware of it, it is always at the back of their minds. By repeatedly raising awareness, people subconsciously adapt to living in a more eco-friendly manner. The second purpose of his attempt, was to raise funds for CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association) and Greenpeace, two certified environmental charities. Finally, the attempt was a personal achievement in order to promote his art in a unique and exciting way. The theme of his 323.90 metres squared drawing was a turtle among other jellyfish, endangered amongst the debris in the ocean, such as plastic bottles and straws. The drawing was completed in the English School Sports Centre and was sponsored by the English School, UMAR WSR, Island Oil, EDT Offshore, Dimco, CA Papaellinas, Twins Photo Studio, Rainbow, Philotheou and Aristotelis Charalambous Services Removals Ltd, as well as individual donations. It is expected that the drawing will be recycled in the next few days by GreenDot.
Project GWR was entirely non-profitable, all of the net proceeds raised have been shared between the two charities supported. Alex has donated the first 2000€ to CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association) and the rest to Greenpeace, two certified environmental charities. In Alex’s meeting with CYMEPA, it was discussed how the money can be used for beach cleaning and conservation of the marine environment. This is extremely useful, since there are endangered sea turtles here in Cyprus.
This is not the first international award for Alex Dzaghigian. When Alex was only fifteen years old, his drawing came fourth out of more than 850,000 drawings worldwide and his family were treated to an all expenses-paid vacation to Japan for the “Toyota Dream Car Drawing Contest Award Ceremony”! Moreover, a Japanese Crew from TMC came to Cyprus and made a short documentary on Alex, entitled “Dreams from Cyprus” which can be watched on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BWnprY-2oBE In addition, Alex has been selling his fine art and designs since the age of thirteen. He exhibits his work on his page Alexart https://m.facebook.com/Alexartofficial/. He currently mostly works on commissioned fine art and oil paintings.